For cellist Rachel Mercer, live performance is 'tapping into an energy that is already there'
Edmonton-born, Toronto-based cellist Rachel Mercer is going to drag her priceless, 314-year-old "Bonjour" Stradivarius cello across this snowy town this evening to intimate Gallery 345 in Parkdale, where she presents an eclectic, energetic recital program of Faure, de Falla, Piazzolla and Kapustin with pianist Vanessa Lee. Admission is $20. You'll find more details here.
Mercer recently posted a video clip where she speaks about her musical background, before playing the Prelude, Sarabande and Gigue from J.S. Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. She talks about her personal development, and how she connected herself as a person with the day-to-day work of playing her instrument, thanks to a teacher's encouragement.
The cellist says she plays because she loves connecting with an audience, something she describes as "tapping into an energy that's already there." It made me think of the jumble of emotions we each bring to a concert, from unalloyed anticipation to a desire for escape from part of our mundane lives.
(The music starts after the 10-minute mark.)